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Each week we will discuss all the exciting news about what is happening in the beautiful Space Coast!

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Episode 17- Nancy Peltonen, President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today we are joined by Nancy Peltonen who is the President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. We learn how Nancy came into her position and about her background. We learn about the tourism here in Palm Bay, especially the parks which feature many fun and unique things to do such as play paintball, skateboarding and an aquatic center. Plus, don't forget about the world class bike trails. Palm Bay is the Bass fishing capital of the world and If you haven't heard of Larsen Motorsports, LMS is one of the largest turbine powered drag companies in the world.

There is a lot to do and see in Palm Bay Florida and we thank Nancy for joining us and telling us all about this wonderful part of the Space Coast.

 

Episode 16 - Keith Winsten, Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo

Hello and welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today we have a very special episode as we are joined by Keith Winsten who is the Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo. We learn so much during this episode but first we learn about Keith's background and the love he has for his career. We find out the history of the zoo. We also learn about some of the animals here and how they stay in their natural habitats. The Brevard zoo has attractions other than animals! You can Kayak and Zipline at the Tree Top Trek. We learn about the Zoo's expansion and don't Forget to see Lorenzo the Sloth!

 

Episode 15 - Jim McKnight & Melissa Byron From The City of Cocoa Beach

Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift off! Today, we are joined by Melissa Byron who is the Director of Marketing and Economic Development for the City of Cocoa Beach and Jim McKnight who is the Cocoa Beach City Manager. The crew discuss Melissa and Jim's role and responsibilities with the City of Cocoa Beach. Melissa discusses the amazing food destinations here. We learn about the the Kelly Slater Statue and the many many attractions. Of course we talk about the amazing beach and let's not forget about the 27 holes of golf that are available.

 

Episode 14 - Sonya Mallard of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center

Welcome to another episode of the 321 Liftoff podcast. Today's episode is rich with history! We are joined by Sonya Mallard with the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum. Listen to this episode to learn about Sonya's role and how she got involved with the Museum. We also learn about some of the amazing exhibits inside the museum including the amazing re-creation of the Moore family home that was bombed on Christmas Day 1951. Sonya tells the amazing story of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore and the "Bomb heard around the world".

Sonya has a passion for what she does and it comes across in her amazing storytelling. This episode is a must listen to.

To learn more about the amazing life of both Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore please visit their website

www.harryharriettemoore.org/

The museum is FREE to visit and is truly a hidden gem located on the Space Coast of Florida. If you are looking for Things To Do, this museum is located less than a half hour from Cocoa Beach and only minutes from Titusville.

 

Episode 13 - Tara Dixon Engle, President of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum

Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off. Today the crew is joined by Tara Dixon Engle who is the President of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum. We find out Tara's role with the museum and how she got involved with the Hall of Fame. We learn about the memorial of fallen officers and what the Hall of Fame does for the families of fallen officers. Tara discusses the future expansion of the museum and what plans they have for the future. There are so many exhibits here to discuss but some key highlights are the many, many police cars from different eras and many different interactive exhibits with great photo ops! Our favorite was the scenario trainer to where you test your reaction speed and firing accuracy in different high stress scenarios.

Listen to the show to learn more. If you are looking for something to do while you are in the Titusville area or while visiting the Space Coast please stop in, you will be happy you did. They are located on your way to the Kennedy Space Center.

 

Episode 12 - Bob Boswell, The Executive Director of the Valiant Air Command and Warbird Museum

Welcome to another episode of 321 Liftoff. Today, The crew is joined by Bob Boswell who is the Executive Director with the Valiant Air Command and War Bird Museum. Bob discusses what got him into being a pilot and how he got involved with the VAC. We also learn about the many, many planes and the history behind them. Wayne Belden, Space Coast Fun Guide President discusses the story behind one of the planes he worked on back in Vietnam which is here at the Valiant Air Command!

 

Episode 11 - Jennifer Sugarman, President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce

Hello and welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today the crew are joined by Jennifer Sugarman, who is the President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer discusses the role of the Chamber of Commerce, Partnerships with the community and her favorite attractions in Cocoa Beach. Some of the topics she touches on include the Space Coast Food Festival featuring the Chowder Cook Off, Thunder On The Beach, wildlife, attractions, the beach and water sports.

Make sure you tune in and listen to learn all about Cocoa Beach, Florida.

 

Episode #10 - Karan Conklin and Mark Marquette of The American Space Museum

Welcome to another edition of 321 Lift Off. Today the crew are joined by Karan Conklin, Executive Director and Mark Marquette, Community Liaison for the American Space Museum. The American Space Museum is an amazing attraction located in Titusville. Mark and Karan discuss all of the exhibits here and what people will see and experience. We learn about the participation of the astronauts and some of the auctions that have been held here. Mark discusses what the "Stay Curious" web show is, and we of course find out what Mark and Karan love most about the Space Coast.

 

Episode #9 - Derrick Lockhart, Owner of Airboat Rides at Midway

Welcome to another episode of 3 2 1 Lift Off! On today's episode, the crew is joined by Derrick Lockhart, owner of Airboat Rides at Midway. Derrick discusses the experience of an airboat ride. Not only are airboat rides exciting, but the experience with animals cannot be beat. We also find out what Derrick loves about the Space Coast and some background behind the business of Airboat Rides at Midway. Make sure you go see "The World Famous" Porkchop The Pig when you visit!

 

Episode #8 - Mark Grainger, President of Florida Air Tours

Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today the crew is joined by Mark Grainger, The president of Florida Air Tours. The crew discuss what Florida Air Tours do. What's the difference between a Bi-Plane and a helicopter ride. Mark explains where you can go on these tours, the background of his staff and what he loves the most about the Space Coast. Mark even can officiate a wedding in the air!

 

 

Episode #7 - Marcia Gaedcke, President of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce & Walt Johnson, Mayor of Titusville

Today is definitely an action packed episode. We have Both Marcia Gaedcke, President of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce and The Mayor of Titusville, Walt Johnson on the show today. They Both discuss their backgrounds and why they love the Space Coast. Hear about the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of businesses in the area. Learn about the many, many attractions in the area and which ones are Marcia's and Walt's favorites. It was a pleasure having them on and just one episode couldn't contain all the information, so we will definitely have them back on to discuss why the space coast is the place to be!

 

Episode #6 Laurilee Thompson - Owner of Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant

On Today's episode, we are joined by Laurilee Thompson: The owner/operator of Dixie Crossroads, the "world Famous" seafood restaurant. The crew discuss Laurilee's  family history in Titusville. Laurilee discusses the tool that helped start it all. She also discusses the Space Coast Birding Festival and the she gives a great description on  bio-luminescence kayaking.

 

 

Episode #5 - Rusty Buchanan - First Vice President of The AAU

Today Pete and Bonnie talk with Rusty Buchanan. Rusty is the First Vice President of the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). Rusty Discusses The Jr. Olympics coming to the Space Coast and how they plan on keeping everyone safe.

 

 

 

Episode #4 - Peter Cranis - The Executive Director of The Space Coast Office Of Tourism

Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today's episode we are joined by Peter Cranis. Peter is the Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. The crew discuss with Peter new marketing plans for the Space Coast, the 72 miles of beaches in our destination, the wonderful space program and exciting events that are coming to the Space Coast!

 

 
 
Episode #3 - Howard Schwartz Of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
 

This week, Pete and Bonnie chat with Howard Schwartz: The Senior Director of Marketing and Sales at Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex. The "Flight crew" discuss Howard's role at KSC and how KSC is such an amazing attraction. We also learn about the future of the commercial space industry, the Mars Launch coming up in July and the news about the Jr. Olympics coming to the Space Coast!

 

 
 

 

Episode #2 -Tom Williamson Of Ocean Partners Associates

We are joined by Tom Williamson: The GM of Ocean Partners Associates. The crew discuss Tom's Role in tourism and the hotels he manages as well as the future of commercial space industry, what hotels are doing to combat COVID-19 and the procedures and precautions implemented in keeping the hotels clean. Tom also schools us on what the term "Per Diem" is.

 

 
 

Episode #1 Introduction to 3..2..1.. Lift Off!

Hello and welcome to 321..Lift Off! This podcast is all about the great Florida Space Coast. Hosted by Pete Lynch and Bonnie King. Join them as they interview the Space Coast's most influential businesses and give you insightful information as to why the Florida Space Coast is the place to be!

 

 

 
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